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General Requirements for Graduate Admissions

While most of our graduate programs have additional requirements for admission, here are the basics for all graduate programs at Spring Arbor University. Applicants should:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university; a 3.0 GPA for at least the last two years of that bachelor’s degree (some programs require a higher GPA)
  • Submit an official transcript(s) from all previous institutions attended
  • Submit official transcript for any coursework to be considered for transfer credit
  • Submit at least two recommendations (some programs require more and some have a specific form for submitting recommendations)
  • Complete the program’s application form
  • Pay the $30 application fee

Because extensive writing is required in all programs, proficient writing skills and computer competency are expected and necessary for success in any of the graduate programs. Candidates should also exhibit strong academic skills, a motivation for learning, a willingness to be part of a group learning process, and potential for growth and development.

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How to Apply

It’s simple and easy to enroll at SAU. You’ll find our enrollment process clear, and you’ll quickly get results from your regional site. Be sure to review the general admission requirements for graduate studies.

We’ll guide you through three easy steps:

  1. The Application Process

    The application process is simple and easy. You need to do three things:

    Submit the application: Applying online is the fastest way to get started on your master’s degree. Head to the online application and follow the instructions.
    Send us your college transcripts: Contact each school you have attended and ask them to send us your transcripts. You can also download the transcript request form, follow the instructions and send them to your regional site.
    Submit two letters of recommendation: We’ll need at least two recommendations (some programs require more and some have a specific form for submitting recommendations). They should be at least one page and no longer than two in length.
    Send all documentation to:

    Spring Arbor University
    Office of Admissions
    106 E. Main St.
    Spring Arbor, MI 49283-9799

  2. Apply for Financial Aid

    Financial aid at SAU is simple and easy. It boils down to three easy steps:
    Fill out FAFSA: FAFSA is the free application for federal student aid. It is the federal form that will determine what aid is available for you. It usually takes about one hour to fill out, but it is the essential first step to getting aid. After completing the FAFSA and have registered for classes, our financial aid office will put together a custom financial aid package that will include federal, state, and SAU institutional awards, if applicable. We’ve also provided a FAFSA checklist for you to gather all of the appropriate information in advance to make filling out the FAFSA quick and easy.
    Apply for loans: We will be able to provide you options for low-interest federal and state loans for higher education after you complete your FAFSA. Your admissions reps, as well as the financial aid office, can assist you with this application step. You will find out which loans are available to you when your FAFSA report comes back.

  3. Register For Class

    Once you are accepted and registered for classes and have completed your FAFSA, our financial aid office can process your award letter.

Schedule a Learning Site Visit

To assist in the decision-making process, students are invited to schedule a visit at any one of our graduate-studies locations.  To schedule a visit or to meet with an admissions representative, select the learning site where you’re interested in attending on our learning sites page. Each site location provides general contact information, directions, the contact names and information for each of the admissions representatives at each site.